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April 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Impact of Inflation on Your Taxes (Audio: Podcast)

IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews explain why inflation can result in taxes paid on false gains because capital gains tax rates and other taxes on assets are not indexed for inflation, and that income tax brackets in many states are also not indexed for inflation. 

April 15, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: Tax Rates vs. Tax Revenues (Audio: Podcast)

When a politician talks about “cutting taxes,” what does she mean? Usually, she means reducing marginal tax rates, but what are those? And what’s the difference between marginal tax rates, effective tax rates, average tax rates, and tax revenue? Does raising marginal tax rates automatically raise tax revenues? IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains, with the able assistance of Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

April 15, 2022

The OTHER Texas Border Invasion--Companies Fleeing California (Audio: Podcast)

Texas’ southern border is not its only border people cross fleeing an oppressive regime—California businesses are relocating to Texas because of absurd tax and labor regulations. IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews runs through a few recent examples, with IPI President Tom Giovanetti contributing.

March 17, 2022

Does Senator Rick Scott Want to Raise Your Taxes? (Audio: Podcast)

IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and President Tom Giovanetti discuss Florida Senator Rick Scott’s confusing position on whether Republicans should raise taxes on low and middle income earners, and his even more confusing defense of his position.

March 3, 2022

IPI's Reactions to the State of the Union Address (Audio: Podcast)

On a special episode recorded the day after President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union Address, IPI President Tom Giovanetti, Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews, and Director of Development & Events Addie Crimmins discuss the speech, its tone, its connection to political reality, and other various hot takes.

February 22, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Perils and Pitfalls of Modelling (Audio: Podcast)

No, not fashion modelling or Instagram modelling, though we’re sure there are perils and pitfalls there, too. This episode is about using mathematical models and computers to try to predict outcomes. Riffing off of IPI’s experience and knowledge of economic modelling, IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews draw some conclusions about climate change modelling as well. Hint: Models are just not very accurate.

January 14, 2022

IPI Policy Basics: The Three Types of Taxes (Audio: Podcast)

Beginning a series on basics of tax, IPI President Tom Giovanetti explains taxes on what we earn, taxes on what we buy, and taxes on what we own, with the able assistance of fellow taxpayer and IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews.

January 6, 2022

What If Taxpayers Imposed 'Price Controls' on Congress? (Audio: Interview)

IPI Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews tells Robert Pratt (Pratt on Texas) that there is a way to impose price controls on Congress to limit how much it costs taxpayers. It's called the budget sequester.

November 11, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Why Are Lower Taxes Better than Higher Taxes? (Audio: Podcast)

There are moral, economic, philosophical, and political reasons why lower taxes are better than higher taxes. It’s not just about the greediness of taxpayers. IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Resident Scholar Merrill Matthews discuss lower vs. higher taxes from the perspective of government, the perspective of earners, and the political perspective.

October 14, 2021

IPI Policy Basics: Not All Tax Cuts Are Created Equal (Audio: Podcast)

Tax cuts can have a strong impact on economic growth, or none at all—it depends on whether the tax cut encourages private sector investment. IPI Resident Scholar Dr. Merrill Matthews and President Tom Giovanetti look back at the IPI archives to a 2001 study that ranked different types of tax cuts based on their impact on economic growth. Hint: Tax cuts designed to “put more money in people’s pockets” aren’t going to get the job done.

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